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GIANTS SAY NO NEW CONTRACT FOR STRAHAN

The Giants won't renegotiate Michael Strahan's $4-million contract to persuade the seven-time Pro Bowl defensive end to stop mulling retirement and play this season.

"I don't want to get into negotiating in the media," co-owner John Mara said Wednesday as Strahan's holdout entered its sixth day. "He is under contract and I think you all know what our position is on that."

Mara said he feels Strahan, 35, will decide to play, but he said the team was prepared to move on without him.

The Giants on Wednesday had former Bucs defensive end Simeon Rice in for a physical. Rice met with coach Tom Coughlin and general manager Jerry Reese and was to have dinner with team officials.

Mara downplayed a report that Strahan felt betrayed because of fines of $14,288 for each day of his holdout.

"He hasn't expressed that to us," Mara said. "I'm not sure I believe that."

OTTO'S LEG AMPUTATED: Jim Otto, who fought through numerous injuries during his Hall of Fame career for the Raiders, remained under medical scrutiny in a Salt Lake hospital after surgeons amputated his right leg two weeks ago. "I've been here since May, having various procedures, procrastinating, talking with doctors, thinking of a way to save the leg," said Otto, 69. "But it looked real bad, so we finally came to the conclusion that we had to do it."

BENGALS: Suspended linebacker Odell Thurman has been ordered to appear in court for reportedly violating probation on his drunken driving conviction. A probation officer said Thurman failed to show up for a scheduled meeting July 24. If a judge decides Thurman violated probation, he could be sent to jail.

BROWNS: End Orpheus Roye, the team's best defensive lineman, is scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery today for loose cartilage in his right knee and could miss the opener.

COLTS: Owner Jim Irsay said he expected to release former Pro Bowl defensive tackle Corey Simon within the next few days. The former FSU standout did not pass his physical over the weekend.

COWBOYS: Receiver Terrell Owens didn't take part in practice because of a sore hamstring. Receiver Terry Glenn was to have arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and miss two weeks.

PATRIOTS: Receiver Randy Moss left practice with an apparent upper leg injury, walking off on his own power.

REDSKINS: Key starters Clinton Portis, Chris Samuels, Marcus Washington, Santana Moss and Randy Thomas are sidelined or are having their practice time curtailed by injuries.

STEELERS: Running back Willie Parker missed practice because of a sore left knee and is likely to miss the Hall of Fame exhibition game Sunday.

TITANS: Quarterback Vince Young threw a punch with his right (throwing) hand at safety Donnie Nickey that glanced off his helmet during a scuffle at practice. Young wasn't injured. Nickey's advice after they made up: "Jab with the left and wait for the cavalry.''

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